Friday, October 22, 2010

Kiva loan

Just made a kiva loan to Armenia.

Artur Sargsyan is single and currently lives with his mother, brother, and sister-in-law. After having served in the Army, Artur needed to find his way in life, to make a stable living, to have his own place, and plan for a family. He decided to import elegant ladies clothing from the US. He is renting a shop in “Hayastan” trade center and has long-standing customers, offering them both good service and quality clothing. Artur has applied for a loan to purchase new inventory and expand his business.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Long Way Home

A friend of mine posted about his friend who is helping out in Guatemala, so I donated to the project and am promoting the idea.

Here's a video

Mateo Paneitz went to Comalapa, Guatemala, in 2003 as a Peace Corps volunteer. Peneitz's desire to help this impoverished, predominantly Mayan community didn't end with his tour though. He sold his car in the USA to raise funds to found the non-profit Long Way Home to create better employment and education opportunities in Comalapa. A popular park has already been created, but the goal now is to create a mixed academic and vocational school.

The construction of the school is part of the solution - it.s built from recycled waste such as car tyres and bottles. With mountains of waste available for re-use, the project is already providing training and employment.

Please vote for the project here (for free) to help him win $20,000 for the project.
And you can donate directly to them here.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Kiva lending

Was out of town attending a few science conferences, trying to make the world better by figuring out how to best find genes to cure diseases.

Today I made a Kiva loan to Rafaela de los √Āngeles Salgado Hurtado, a teacher in Nicaragua looking to make her home better.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Helping friends

I sponsored a friend for AIDS walk. I was her first sponsor, so if you want to help out and surprise her, please do. She's a nice kid who can't always afford to feed herself, and likes to help others.